Distilled Dissonance: the species known & other beings

Jen Valender

Through lecture performance, Jen Valender explores the relationship between moving image, sound and psyche. Influenced by the artist’s experience of living with cross-dominance, she applies the sonic and psychological concept of cognitive dissonance to examine self-discrepancies and intrasectionality.

With a Žižekian approach, the research in this lecture investigates embodied states of unease, relational ethics and ambivalence through wit(h)nessing the self/selves as opposing forces between action and conscience. Cinematic devices and reflexive methods, such as internal storytelling, are engaged to sculpt undercurrents of moral dilemmas and poetic problematics. Artworks within the work are discussed in relation to the problems being surfaced through an art/life practice.